The Struggle Bus: Self-Care, Mental Health, and Other Hilarious Stuff

On this, the last episode of The Struggle Bus, Kate and Sally kick things off with jibber jabber about the election. Then they talk about going back to therapy and not looking at election returns as self-care. Finally, they answer listener questions about the Struggle Bus, their careers and projects, and more. They also talk about how much they love each other and the Struggle Bus community. A LOT.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

00:32 It's The Last Episode!

5:51 Opening Jibber Jabber

24:05 A Thing We Did (For Self And/Or Community Care)

30:15 Listener questions about the Struggle Bus, careers and projects, and more

Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan

twitter.com/sallyt

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Direct download: Episode_196_Goodbye_from_Kate_and_Sally.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally have an announcement about the future of the Struggle Bus. They also talk about the election, volunteering to get out and defend the vote, new computers, and getting into fights on Facebook. Finally, they answer listener questions about dealing with the impending pandemic winter, staying organized during online classes when you have ADHD, and Sally’s cat Miles.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

1:29 Big Announcement

6:29 Opening Jibber Jabber

20:11 A Thing We Did

24:30 Election feelings

31:30 Question #1: Dealing with the impending pandemic winter

38:57 Question #2: Staying organized during online classes when you have ADHD

44:17 Question #3: Question about Sally's cat, Miles

Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan

twitter.com/sallyt

twitter.com/spkheller

Direct download: Episode_195__Deep_Sigh.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Sally is joined by guest co-host Eric Silver (@el_silvero), co-host and dungeon master of the actual play podcast Join the Party, to answer any and all questions about roleplaying games, from dealing with awkwardness at the table to RPGs that aren’t D&D, to playing games online during the pandemic, and much more. They also talk about the glory of autumn, the TV show The Boys, the podcast My 90s Playlist, and why charcuterie is life.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

6:05 Opening Jibber Jabber

28:52 A Thing We Did For Self Care

38:30 Questions about roleplaying games!

1:22:03 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Eric's pick): "Devil Town" by Bright Eyes

Follow Eric on Twitter (@el_silvero) and check out Join the PartyMy 90s Playlist, and all the other shows from Multitude Productions

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On this episode Kate and Sally answer questions about supporting a partner who has cut off their conservative family members, how to deal with fear of the outside world during the pandemic, and a few important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:36 Opening Jibber Jabber

14:35 A Thing We Did For Self Care

19:05 How to support a partner who has cut off their conservative family remembers

26:43 Dealing with fear of the outside world during the pandemic

35:15 Important questions about seasonal Peeps, pizza toppings, and Glo Worms

49:40 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Kate's pick): "Lightning Crashes" by Live

Listen to Sally's podcast, Co-op Mood on iTunes StoreSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Direct download: Episode_193__Peepza.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 9:52am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about Cobra Kai and The OA and the live (Zoom) performances they’ve each attended during the pandemic. Then they answer listener emails about starting new relationships after codependency and dealing with a partner’s substance dependency.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:22 Update and expansion on the previous ep's email

7:35 Opening Jibber Jabber

21:02 A Thing We Did For Self Care

31:15 Questions from the FB Group: Starting new relationships after codependency, and dealing with a partner’s substance dependency.

49:40 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Sally's pick): "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" cover by Chromatics

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Direct download: Episode_192_I_Don_t_Know_Fuck_It.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about the misery of hacked email accounts, the ecstasy of new fridges, and Scientology. Then also discuss insomnia and starting your day with a few minutes of meditation or exercise. Finally they answer an email from a listener who’s feeling frustrated and hurt by a friend’s judgement about their activism.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

1:52 Opening Jibber Jabber

12:12 A Thing We Did For Self Care

17:20 Email: Feeling frustrated and hurt by a friend’s judgement about their activism

31:50 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Kate's pick): "Cool It Now" by New Edition

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Direct download: Episode__191_K_Hellz_69.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about new refrigerators and hightops, as well as Scientology and organizing your office. Then they answer a question from a listener in a quarter life crisis.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:20 Opening Jibber Jabber

14:14 A Thing We Did For Self Care

16:55 Email: What to do when you're in a quarter life crisis

36:40 Enjoy the Song of the Week (Sally's pick): "Red Rock Riviera" by British Sea Power

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Direct download: Episode_190__The_Guy_in_the_Back_of_the_Fridge.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally are reunited to catch up and jibber jabber to their hearts’ content. They talk about what it’s like to get pap smears and COVID-19 tests, how more people should wear masks, participate in mutual aid, and protest the state; taking a trip safely during the pandemic, Leah Remini, dogs, Sally’s cat, and much, much more.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:22 Opening Jibber Jabber

39:23 A Thing We Did For Self Care

45:40 Song of the Week

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Direct download: Episode_189__When_I_Say_Jibber_You_Say_Jabber.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:43am EST

On this episode, Katharine has the week off and Sally is joined by friend of the show Rachel Wilkerson-Miller (twitter.com/the_rewm). Sally and Rachel talk about the joys and horrors of reality TV as well as summer peaches and going to the doctor. Then they answer questions listeners sent in about when healthy helping becomes co-dependence and how to have the wedding you want without alienating an overbearing parent.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

5:45 Opening Jibber Jabber

25:04 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

31:53 Email #1: When healthy helping becomes co-dependence

43:18 Email #2: How to have the wedding you want without alienating an overbearing parent

1:04:20 Song of the Week (Rachel's pick)

Enjoy the Song of the Week (Rachel's pick): "So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings" by Caroline Polachek

Read everything by Rachel Wilkerson-Miller

Theme song by Marty Scanlon! twitter.com/mcscan

twitter.com/sallyt

twitter.com/spkheller

www.strugglebuspodcast.com 

Direct download: Episode_188__Everybody_Do_Less.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 1:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about the pandemic, Kate’s possible future as an exterminator, organizing your fellow tenants, and taking time off from things to get your life together. They also answer an email from a listener who wants advice about making queer friends and finding genderqueer stories as they explore and understand their own gender.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:35 Opening Jibber Jabber

18:53 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

20:37 Email: Advice about making queer friends and finding genderqueer stories while exploring and understanding your own gender

42:12 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

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Direct download: Episode_187__Rage_Meter.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode, Kate and guest host Chemda talk about meditation, bikes, awesome t-shirts, and answer a question from a listener who's trying to figure out if someone they met online is behaving inappropriately or if they're overthinking it

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

11:14 Opening Jibber Jabber

13:07 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

14:53 Email: Trying to figure out if someone you met online is behaving inappropriately or if you're overthinking it

26:45 Song of the Week (Chemda's pick)

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Listen to Sally's new podcast, Co-op Mood on iTunes StoreSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_186__Unsanctioned_Naps.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode, Kate and guest host Hilary Asare talk about the Black Lives Matter movement, what to do when you find a nest of wasps in your apartment, and deconstruct a rewatch of the popular 90's TV show Beverly Hills 90210.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

1:50 Opening Jibber Jabber

11:47 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

24:30 Song of the Week (Hilary’s pick)

Listen to Sally's new podcast, Co-op Mood on iTunes StoreSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_185__90_s_Makeovers.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about rescuing dogs, mopping, and Sally’s new video game podcast. Then they answer a listener email about coping with house chores during the pandemic. Finally, they shake their fists at anyone not following shelter in place rules and guidance around masks and social distancing.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:24 Opening Jibber Jabber

9:11 A Thing We Did (For Self Care)

14:44 Email: Coping with house chores during the pandemic.

28:08 Some more Jibber Jabber

43:20 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

 

Listen to Sally's new podcast, Co-op Mood on iTunes StoreSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_184__Podcast_Subtweeting.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about adopting cats, and an excellent book recommendation. Then they answer a listener email from a teenager who’s quarantining at home with an abusive parent. 

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

3:55 Opening Jibber Jabber

14:12 Email: Quarantining at home with an abusive parent.

30:16 Song of the Week (Sally's pick)

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Direct download: Episode_183__Pandemic_Haircuts.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 2:47pm EST

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about being lost in time and space due to the pandemic. They also talk about social distancing and why we should all do it, even though it’s hard. Then they answer an email from a listener who’s feeling alone, sad, and anxious while sheltering in place. Hang tough, struggle buddies.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

12:14 Opening Jibber Jabber

28:04 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

33:30 Email: feeling alone, sad, and anxious while sheltering in place.

50:34 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_182__Rip_Van_Winkle.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about the coronavirus pandemic and share some rage about people who aren’t following the rules about sheltering in place and social distancing. They also talk about cats, Mad Men, and the current state of the presidential race. Stay home if you can! 

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_181__Enraged_Musings_on_the_Pandemic_Ep.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

On this short episode Kate and Sally talk about how they’re coping mental health-wise with the coronavirus pandemic. They chat about cats, books, stand-up comedy, and video games. Stay home if you can, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and take care of yourselves and each other!

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Direct download: Episode_180__Socially_Distanced_Emotionally_Close_AF.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

On this special bonus episode Kate and Sally talk about coronavirus for a little bit before moving on to discuss some very important topics including: cake vs. pie, ability to fly vs. invisibility, favorite kinds of dogs and cats, and much, much more. Wash your hands and take care of yourselves and each other. We love you!

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Direct download: Bonus_Episode__Heavy_Social_Distancing.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 8:13pm EST

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about Katharine’s birthday, leaving therapy early, naps, and Bernard Brothers and Liz Ladies. Then they answer an email from a listener who’s wondering about being attracted to people outside their monogamous relationship.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

5:23 Opening Jibber Jabber

32:59 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

35:15 Email: Wondering about being attracted to people outside of a monogamous relationship

44:30 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

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Direct download: Episode_179__Not_an_All_Consuming_Thing.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 8:54am EST

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about electability, dog whispering, and meditation. Then they answer an email from a listener who’s wondering how to repair a fractured friendship.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

2:34 Opening Jibber Jabber

24:15 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

33:48 Email: How to repair a fractured friendship

53:12 Song of the Week (Sally's pick)

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Direct download: Episode_178__PSA__Voting_1.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk at length about the movie Cats and also Miles, Sally’s cat. They also discuss scheduling your time, including breaks, as self-care, and how trauma impacts pets.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

8:26 Opening Jibber Jabber

31:36 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

41:45 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_177__Cat_Talk_CATS_Talk.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 5:00am EST

On this episode, Kate and Sally talk about The Joker’s origin story and Sally’s new cat’s origin story. They also discuss the best $12 watch money can buy and answer an email from a listener who’s unhappy at work, feeling depressed, and wondering if they should quit.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:16 Opening Jibber Jabber

21:18 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

25:08 Email: Being unhappy at work, feeling depressed, and wondering if it's ok to quit

42:10 Song of the Week (Sally's pick)

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Direct download: Episode_176__Deep_Like.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 7:09am EST

On this episode Kate and Sally talk about New Year’s resolutions and the various ways we mark time and progress throughout our lives. Then they discuss transcendent experiences with video games and TV shows, and move on to talking about being honest in therapy, cancelling social engagements, and making pizza. Finally they answer an email from a listener who’s trying to figure out how to talk to their friend about the friend’s post-breakup behavior.

00:00 Welcome to The Struggle Bus

4:13 Opening Jibber Jabber

23:23 A Thing We Did (for Self-Care)

28:08 Email: Trying to figure out how to talk to a friend about the friend’s post-breakup behavior

44:40 Song of the Week (Kate's pick)

Support us on Patreon! www.patreon.com/thestrugglebus

Direct download: Episode_175__The_Emotion_Doctor.mp3
Category:Mental Health -- posted at: 3:00am EST

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